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    There are so many news about stolen cars this week.Statistic from Federal CID director Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin which was published on Monday – said that an average of 150 cars – new and old — are stolen daily.It also shows that the car theft syndicates in Malaysia have had a doubling of their business over the decade ending 2010.

    Example of  diagnostic device.

    The car theft syndicates now used an electronic devices (diagnostic tool) to steal cars.The electronic diagnostic tool is a double-edged sword, as it can be used for either good or bad purposes.But now, it is being used by syndicates to steal cars.

    You are welcomed to share your comments, experience or feedback below.Let’s give your cooperation and idea on how to reduce this crime. Public co-operation is needed.

    Below are some steps that you can do to prevent your car from being stolen.

    – Report the theft to police as soon as you find out. The longer a thief has with the car, the longer the thief has to find, remove and disable any OEM or aftermarket tracking system.

    – Make sure to etch your Plate number in your window. If you have nice aftermarket wheels, stereo equipment, or any other parts you worry about, consider etching your Plate number somewhere inconspicuous (like on the backside or inside lip) of these too. It can make it easier to recover your vehicle and parts. You can ask the dealership for a place that does this.

    – Consider going to a watchdog website.

    – Install extra locking devices everytime you leave your car.

    – Protect your new cars with good anti-theft equipment. It can be as simple as an immobilizer with non-colour coded wiring.*** Some franchise holder will tells you that fitting an aftermarket anti-theft device will void the manufacturer’s warranty. But one of our friend who is an insurance advisor says that the customer has the right to protect his property.

    – Consider a 3rd party GPS or GPS/Cellular based tracking system. Most of these have a monthly fee, and will allow to see the location of the vehicle through the companies tracking site or other means. This allows you or them to communicate with the police the location of the stolen vehicle, and some allow you to see the location from your computer as well. This is similar to many fleet-monitoring systems.
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    News #1 from Star Motoring below

    GADGET USED TO TURN OFF IMMOBILISERS

    KUALA LUMPUR: It was made to repair vehicles, but is now being used by syndicates to steal cars.

    The hand-held device costing RM10,000 was invented as a tool to diagnose mechanical faults and is not a controlled item, said Federal CID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin.

    Image from The Star : the high-tech gadget found in workshops can be used to deactivate immobilisers in cars.

    “It is a device we cannot control as it is used by mechanics. It is even sold at flea markets in Jalan Pasar and Petaling Street,” he added.

    A quick web search showed that the device could be bought online as well.

    The high-tech tool was designed to plug remotely into the computer controlling a vehicle’s fuel injection system.

    Once in the system, the device can manipulate the car’s alarm system as well.
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    News #2 from Star Motoring below

    STOLEN CARS BEING SHIPPED FAST TO FAR REACHES OF THE WORLD

    KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian car theft syndicates have extended their reach to Europe and Africa although Asean countries remain the top destination for stolen vehicles.

    Cars not cannibalised for their parts for sale in the local black market are shipped to locations like South Africa and Greece while the syndicates continue to feed the demand in nearer countries like Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos.

    Federal CID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin said there was also a big demand for four-wheel drives in the Middle East due to the “desert conditions.”

    The Toyota Hilux, Toyota Camry and Honda Civic were among the most popular models “exported” while the locally-made cars were stripped for their parts, he added.

    “With the assistance of our counterparts overseas, we have recovered cars stolen in Malaysia in Singapore, New Zealand, South Africa and recently, even in Greece,” Comm Mohd Bakri said yesterday.

    “The stolen cars are not kept in one place for too long.

    Amog the tools of the illicit trade is a hand-held device to diagnose mechanical faults

    Police are helpless to stop the use of this key instrument for theft as it is not a controlled item and is widely used by mechanics.

    The hand-held device costing RM10,000 can be used to deactivate immobilisers in cars.

    “It is a device we cannot control as it is used by mechanics. It is even sold at flea markets in Jalan Pasar and Petaling Street,” said Federal CID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin.

    A quick web search showed that the device could be bought online as well.

    The high-tech tool was designed to plug remotely into the computer controlling a vehicle’s fuel injection system.

    Once in the system, the device can manipulate the car’s alarm system as well.

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    News #3 from Star Motoring.

    150 VEHICLES STOLEN DAILY.

    PETALING JAYA: An average of 150 vehicles are stolen a day in the country, with Proton and Perodua models topping the list of 112,503 whisked away since 2010.

    Federal CID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin said the high number of thefts was due to the demand not only for new but also old vehicles, which are cannibalised for their parts.

    A total of 57,462 vehicle thefts were reported in 2010 while the number was 55,041 as of September 2011, he said.

    He added: “There is a big demand for the stolen vehicles at construction sites in remote areas. Some are used in robberies and other criminal activities while certain models are exported overseas.

    “We believe that vehicles like Toyota Hilux are stolen to feed the huge demand for four-wheel drives in the Middle East. We think that rebel forces use them to mount guns.”

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